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Touring the Heart of Hendersonville

Downtown Hendersonville offers the graceful ambiance of sidewalk shops, restaurants, and galleries sitting side-by-side, doors flung open in good weather.

Art MoB Studios and Marketplace showcases the work of some 85 North Carolina artists, provides space for five working studios, and offers a gallery of fetching artistry. (124 4th Ave. E. Hours: 10 am – 5 pm, Mon-Sat; 1 – 4:30 pm, Sun.)


Nature-inspired Woodlands Gallery, 419 Main St, features home-like vignettes arranged to show highly original work – pottery, landscapes, furniture, and other hand-crafted pieces (open seven days a week, 11 am – 6 pm, 828-230-9080).

Down the street at 423 Main St, A Walk in the Woods honestly feels like a walk in the woods, and there are carved pieces, jewelry, Woodlands Gallery woven goods, walking sticks, and heirlooms to aid in your journey (open 10:30 am – 5 pm, Mon-Sat, 12 – 5 pm on Sunday, 828-577-6277).


Carolina Mountain Artists Guild (444 Main St, 828-696-0707), representing the diverse talents of 30 juried local artists, has managed to gather carved birds, baskets, brooms, scarves, stained glass, quilts, and warm hospitality under the same roof. Open 10 am – 5 pm, each day.

The Oriole Mill at 701 Oriole Drive, just off North Main Street in the Historic District, is a Jacquard weaving company housed in a restored 1940’s building. Oriole creates elegant fabrics from natural yarns and offers items for sale, impeccably sewn by hand. Tours of the mill are offered most Fridays at 1pm. (Advanced registration at TheOrioleMill.com.) (828-693-5500). Temporarily closed as of July 1, 2020. 


Apple Country Woodcrafters is located roughly five miles from The Oriole Mill in a warehouse park at 55 PEM Drive (Building C). In this most unpretentious of places members of a non-profit build toys for disadvantaged children. Visit applecountrywoodcrafters.org for shop hours. Guests must be 18 or accompanied by an adult. (828-707-0598).


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Woodlands Gallery

Margo Lea established Woodlands Gallery in historic downtown Hendersonville with a commitment to offer regionally...

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The Regions of the Blue Ridge

In planning the best use of your NC mountains vacation days, know that the region can be divided into three sub-regions for ease of exploration:

Far West

  • Cherokee
  • The Nantahala Gorge
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park


  • Asheville
  • Hendersonville
  • Chimney Rock State Park
  • The waterfalls of Transylvania County
  • Many more highlights

High Country

  • Grandfather Mountain
  • Linville Falls
  • Boone
  • Blowing Rock
  • High northern mountains


  • Mt. Airy
  • Lenoir
  • Elkin